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Are skin rashes a symptom for COVID-19
27 Jan' 21

Are skin rashes a symptom for COVID-19

 

In the early days of the pandemic, the majority of focus was on 3 main symptoms of COVID-19 – fever, cough, and shortness of breath. But as researchers and medical experts began to better understand the disease, it became evident that there are many health changes that could indicate someone has the virus— new symptoms such as loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, and headache.

Currently, the CDC lists more than 10 symptoms that may signal a COVID-19 infection. The list is not exhaustive, though, and the CDC says it will continue to update the list as they learn more about the disease.
 
One such potential sign of COVID-19 that isn't included on the list is skin rashes. According to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, there is significant association between skin rashes and a positive COVID-19 swab test result.
 
The COVID Symptom Study, led by researchers from King’s College London and health science company ZOE, have discovered that 8.8 % of people reporting a positive coronavirus swab test had experienced a skin rash as part of their symptoms.
 
Here is a list of COVID-19 skin symptoms that can commonly occur amongst people:
 
  • COVID digits – According to the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), since they don't really look like any other skin condition, COVID toes and fingers aka digits might be the most tell-tale COVID rash. The rash appears as reddish and purplish bumps on the fingers or toes and can affect many digits. The fingers and toes are usually sore, but not itchy.
  • Neck & exposed chest eczema – This rash appears on the neck and on the part of the chest that is exposed to sunlight. Usually, the rash is pink and itchy.
  • Oral rash – This rash appears on a person's lips and may feel sore. As the rash subsides, the lips can become dry and scaly.
  • Papular & vesicular rashes – These rashes occur around papular lesions (solid, raised bumps) or vesicles (bumps filled with fluid). A rash like this can pop up anywhere on the body, but it usually develops on the elbows and knees, as well as on the back of the hands and feet.
  • Pityriasis rosea – According to the Mayo Clinic, pityriasis rosea is a rash that usually begins as a large circular or oval spot on your chest, abdomen, or back.
  • Purpuric or vasculitic rashes – These rashes show as multiple deep red or purplish spots and can cause bruise-like patches.
  • Urticarial rash – Urticarial rashes are also known as hives and this too can also be a sign of COVID-19. This rash appears suddenly and, over the hours, quickly comes and goes. Usually, the hives are "intensely itchy."
  • Viral exanthem - Viral exanthema is a common rash seen on patients with viral infections. It is a symmetrical rash with numerous reddish blotches or bumps over the body.

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